Dirt cheap overlockers on ebay (Australia)

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I'm posting this on a couple of groups, as I'm not sure what one is
more appropriate.

I've been looking on ebay (Australia), including completed auctions -
and boy - there's some great overlocker bargins on there!

Here's a couple of examples:

http://snipurl.com/h87a
http://snipurl.com/h87b

Has anyone ever purchased an overlocker from ebay?  Any tips?  (I
guess it's recommended to buy from someone with high feedback,
right!?)

Janice

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I bought my Singer Ultralock off ebay, including shipping it was about $150
Canadian.  I didn't have any problems and the person I bought it from did
have a good feedback rating and described to me how he/she would pack the
item, which was perfect.  Just make sure it comes with: Foot pedal, Manual.

I was told sewing machines should be shipped with the needle and pressure
foot down with a piece of fabric between the foot and bed, My serger came
this way too.  It works just fine.

Maybe ask the seller if the auction doesn't specify , if they have tested
the unit with thread and fabric......just because the motor runs doesn't
mean there are no problems.

HTH

Michelle Giordano



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Good feedback is better than high feedback, and read the comments for
indications of how well the seller packs and ships.  For any comments
with a link to the item, look to see what was sold.  You want 99%
positive feedback or better.  Get questions asked and answered before
you bid.  Find out the return policy, pay with Paypal or a credit card.

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth

Re: Dirt cheap overlockers on ebay (Australia)
G'day Janice

Have you checked Trading Post?  www.tradingpost.com.au

I've bought my last two machines through TP and feel I got a better
price than eBay because I've watched eBay prior to, and since buying the
overlocker, and last month a sewing/embroidery machine.

AusPost post offices won't always accept sewing machines due to their
weight/size/etc......some PO's will and some won't, so if the seller's
PO is one that won't accept them, try <www.busfreight.com.au>  this can
also be cheaper over longer distances, but well worth comparing shipping
costs.

As you mentioned, check the eBay seller's feedback but I'd also suggest
you ask that they pack the machine in it's original box with polystyrene
moulded packaging which prevents any movement.  Apparently the original
box from the last machine I bought wasn't available and although there
were lots of 'airbags' around the machine, the box used was a popcorn
box so a very lightweight cardboard and I don't know how the machine
didn't fall through the bottom. Just shows that AusPost does take care
of parcels these days. Make sure you pay for insurance to cover
replacement of the machine in case the unexpected happens, it's worth
the few extra $$$'s for peace of mind.

Hope this helps?
Bronwyn ;-)



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Looks like that's limited to AU?

-Irene


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When you buy something from eBay who pays for the shipping, the buyer or the
seller?  Just curious.

cb




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In most cases it's the buyer.  And, unfortunately, in most cases the
seller  will not accept responsibility for the package once it's out of
their hands; it's up to the buyer to pay additional insurance.

The biggest pain is if the item arrives broken or damaged.  Some sellers
are a PITA about dealing with this, but they HAVE to because most
shippers require the sender to initiate the claim (receiver of package
can't do anything).  I won't buy any more sewing machines through eBay
unless I can pick them up or arrange for a pony-express setup because of
the crap I've had to deal with when a machine arrives broken or even
worse, if it's NOT as described.....

-Irene


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--Mae West=20
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Generally the buyer - although some dealers (eg Graham Forsdyke) include
it in the overall price - this is a good deal if you're in the US buying
a featherweight from him, but not so good if you're in the UK. Read the
listing carefully, and if in any doubt, *ask*
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AJH
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